Dallas County Foundation names 2020 grant winners

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The Dallas County Foundation Board members include, front row from left, Carol Hill, Jan Kaiser, Secretary Kate Spellman, President Lynn Ubben and Michelle Messer; back row from left, Chris Brocka, Todd Pullin, Treasurer Butch Niebuhr, Tim Canney and Development Director Scott Circksena. Not pictured are Vice President Tiawny Meyers and Director Dean Scott.

The Dallas County Foundation (DCF) announced Friday the award of $95,513 to 32 nonprofit groups in Dallas County.

Grants are awarded each year to improve the quality of life of the residents of Dallas County. Since its inception in 2005, the DCF has awarded some $1,354,689 to more than 250 projects in Dallas County, enhancing large and small community organizations throughout the county.

In partnership with Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation (GGCGC), the DCF was awarded an additional $42,810.00 for broad-based community improvement projects, making a combined total of $138,323 in betterment grants in 2020.

In announcing the awards, the DCF said its “mission is to continue funding projects and local initiatives that strengthen our communities now and well into the future.” A listing of funded projects from 2006 to 2020 can be viewed at the DCF website.

The DCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

The 2020 grant winners include:

  1. White Pole Road Develipment Corp., pole painting, $2,000
  2. Adel-Desoto Soccer Club, ADM Soccer Club cement building pad construction, $5,000
  3. Team RunFree. transportation and storage of adaptive run carts, $8,810
  4. Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center, transitional house parking lot project, $6,000
  5. Adel-Desoto Fine Arts Boosters Club, ADM Fine Arts sound monitors, $2,000
  6. Brenton Arboretum Inc., computer and software upgrades, $2,000
  7. Dallas County Fair Association. campground playground, $3,000
  8. Rotary International, ice rink shed and light, $3,000
  9. Spurgeon Manor Inc., resident and community outdoor fitness stations, $2,000
  10. Desoto Public Library, circulating board game collection, $750
  11. Lutheran Home for the Aged Assoc., rehabilitation equipment, $2,000
  12. Presby Child Care Program Inc., Presby Child Care Growing Needs program, $1,000
  13. Perry Community School District, PACES summer school program, $3,000
  14. Perry School Foundation Inc., Perry athletic complex softball field renovation, $4,000
  15. Perry Community School District, new wrestling mats, $5,000
  16. Friends of the Perry Public Library, 2020 building renovation project, $8,000
  17. Perry Park and Recreation Department, swim team–racing lane replacement, $1,000
  18. Raccoon River Pet Rescue, surgical suite and laundry equipment, $4,000
  19. Minburn Area Fire Fighters Association, firefighter personal protective equipment, $5,000
  20. Minburn Community Betterment Group, Minburn food stand, $2,000
  21. Friends of the Minburn Library, Minburn public renovation, $8,000
  22. City of Perry, McCreary Community Building renovation, $20,000
  23. Redfield Development Corp., StoryWalk paving project, $6,763
  24. City of Redfield, strategic planning, $8,000
  25. Waukee Community Closet, back-to-school athletic shoes, $2,000
  26. Waukee Public Library Friends Foundation, smart meeting room, $3,000
  27. YMCA of Greater Des Moines (Waukee), UV pool filtration system, $2,000
  28. Woodward Senior Citizens’ Housing Inc., sidewalk renovations, $5,000
  29. Des Moines Performing Arts, 2019-2020 Applause Series, $2,000
  30. Food Bank of Iowa, Fighting Hunger in Dallas County, $5,000
  31. Dallas County Habitat for Humanity, Perry new construction home, $5,000
  32. N-Compass, Iowa Project AWARE, $2,000

The total 2020 grant dollars awarded was $138,323, with $95,513 deriving from Dallas County Foundation (GDMCF) Funds and $42,810 from Grow Greene County funds.

The annual DCF Awards Banquet is scheduled for April 28 at the American Legion in Van Meter. The Dallas County Foundation Board members include President Lynn Ubben, Vice President Tiawny Meyers, Treasurer Butch Niebuhr, Secretary Kate Spellman, directors Carol Hill, Jan Kaiser, Michelle Messer, Chris Brocka, Todd Pullin, Dean Scott and Tim Canney and Development Director Scott Circksena.

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